CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams are set to host the third of four home meets this season as the Virginia Challenge comes to Lannigan Field on Thursday (April 20) through Saturday (April 22). The meet will begin Thursday with the hammer throw and the first day of the combined events.
How To Follow
The Virginia Challenge will be live streamed on ACC Network Extra for a two-hour window on Friday (April 21) from 7-9 p.m. Links to the ACCNX live stream. ACC Network Extra is available through the ESPN app and at WatchESPN.com for customers who have the ACC Network as a part of their television subscription. Live results and the overall meet schedule are available at VirginiaSports.com. Updates will also be posted to the team’s official Twitter account (@UVAtfcc).
Hoos in the Rankings
The latest USTFCCCA Track & Field Ranking Index for the 2023 outdoor season were released on Monday (April 17) as the men check in at No. 23 nationally. Additionally, 11 individuals and one relay rank in the top 25 nationally.
3. Owayne Owens – Gr., Triple Jump, 16.53m (54’2.75”)
4. Nathan Mountain – So., 3000 SC, 8:34.99
7. Derek Johnson – Gr., 3000 SC, 8:38.54
7. Ethan Dabbs – Sr., Javelin, 74.87m (245’8”)
21. Gary Martin – Fr., 800m, 1:47.74
23. Conor Murphy – Jr., 1500m, 3:39.75
25. Gary Martin – Fr., 1500m, 3:40.08
2. Margot Appleton – So., 1500m, 4:80.96
5. Ashley Anumba – Gr., Discus, 59.37m (194’9”)
15. Esther Seeland – Gr., 1500m, 4:12.55
21. Alix Still – Sr., Heptathlon, 5491 points
22. Virginia 4x100m Relay, 44.24
Virginia Challenge Notes
- Last season, the Virginia Challenge produced 139 regional qualifiers to the NCAA Regional qualifying meets
- Eight meet records were set at the 2022 and 3 Lannigan Field records were broken – Virginia athletes accounted for four of those marks
- Nine champions from the 2022 Virginia Challenge return to Lanigan Field this season
- Virginia had six athletes win events at the meet a season ago, four return to compete this season
Noting the Cavaliers
- Four Cavalier transfers are set to compete in the Virginia Challenge after competing for their former schools a season ago including Esther Seeland (Messiah), Tom Corel (Wagner), Kenton Bachmann (Wake Forest) and Hanne Borstlap (Princeton)
- Esther Seeland eyes the Virginia 800-meter record following an impressive performance at the Virginia Grand Prix – Seeland placed second in the 800m running for Messiah a season ago
- Ashley Anumba set a UVA and Virginia Challenge record last season with a then-personal best throw of 56.67 meters. Since then, Anumba has shattered the school record throwing 59.37 meters
- Owayne Owens is set to compete in the triple jump – he eyes his third-consecutive win at the meet
- Ethan Dabbs set a Virginia Challenge, ACC, and school record last season with his throw that reached 80.41 meters – the USATF Champion has since thrown farther with a personal best of 82.92 meters
The Cavaliers will be back in action next week at competing at the prestigious Penn Relays (April 27-29). The team will be back at home on Sunday (April 30) to host the Virginia High Performance where the team will recognize its seniors.